Promises We Keep Online: Internet Freedom in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Region.

Testimony by Daniel Baer, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Statement Before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) July 15, 2011

Az internet-adta lehetőségeket csak az internet szabadságának biztosításával lehet kihasználni

Internet freedom is now a core part of many of our bilateral human rights and economic discussions with a broad range of countries. Fostering free expression and innovation is a core element of the President’s International Strategy for Cyberspace, released in May of this year. As Secretary Clinton said in the rollout of the strategy, cyber issues are a new foreign policy imperative. Accordingly, we are integrating Internet freedom into our engagements on the broader range of cyber issues.


Addressing Export Control in the Age of Cloud Computing. Brookings Institution. John Villasenor. July 25, 2011.

Az export ellenőrzése problémát jelenthet a számítási felhő korában.

The move to the cloud is one of the defining information technology trends of the early 21st century. By providing businesses, universities, government agencies, and other entities with access to shared and often physically dispersed computing resources, cloud computing can simultaneously offer increased flexibility, reduced cost, and access to a wider array of services. Cloud computing has also created a set of new challenges. For example, the issues of privacy and security in the cloud are well recognized and have been extensively discussed in the business and popular press. However, one critical issue that has received very little attention with respect to cloud computing is export control, according to the author.

71% of Online Adults Now Use Video-Sharing Sites. Pew Internet & American Life Project. July 26, 2011.

Az internet-használó felnőttek 71 %-a használja a videó-megosztó oldalakat.

Rural internet users are now just as likely as users in urban and suburban areas to have used video-sharing sites, and online African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely than internet-using whites to visit video-sharing sites.

Pirates of the ISPs: Tactics for Turning Online Crooks Into International Pariahs. Brookings Institution. Noah Shachtman. July 2011.

Mit lehet tenni az internet-kalózok ellen?

At the beginning of the 19th century, piracy was an ongoing threat and an accepted military tactic. By the end of the century, it was taboo, occurring solely off the shores of failed states and minor powers. The practice of hijacking did not vanish entirely, of course; it is flourishing now on the world’s computer networks, costing companies and consumers countless billions of dollars. Cybercrime today seems like a nearly insoluble problem, much like piracy was centuries ago. There are steps, however, that can be taken to curb cybercrime’s growth, and perhaps begin to marginalize the people behind it.

The Future U.S. President Has Added You As A Friend On Facebook: How The Internet Changed The Campaign, from The Century Foundation

The Future U.S. President has added you as a friend on Facebook…will you confirm or reject? The internet is impacting the direction of the 2008 elections as political campaigns trade yard signs for YouTube clips, and young people are at the front of the online movement. Can a blog post make or break and election? Will MySpace friendship translate to support at the polls? The internet has changed the way we view politics and politicians, but will it change the way we vote. This event is part of TCF’s Summer Intern Brown Bag Lunch Series.

Access Denied? The Cyber-Gap and Its Effect on Democracy, from The Century Foundation

The rise of the Internet has ushered in an era where many Americans, particularly young people, are increasingly turning to non-traditional forms of media, such as online newspapers and magazines, Twitter and You Tube, for their news. Many have praised the Internet as an open, democratic forum, free from the horizontally integrated media companies that control traditional news gathering and dissemination. However, widespread inaccessibility to high speed internet across America, due to poor broadband infrastructure, is interfering with the Internet’s democratic capabilities. What does the future hold for universal Internet access, and, in turn, America’s mediascape?

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